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Washington weatherization

Weatherization can help low income families in Washington reduce their utility bills. The program is free to qualified individuals, with a focus on seniors, elderly, and low income families with children. Applicants who pay a large percentage of their total household income are also usually given priority for the weatherization assistance program.

The program can permanently lower a family’s utility bill. Weatherization in Washington includes a wide variety of energy conservation and efficiency measures that can include the exterior of the home as well as improvements to a homes heating and cooling systems, electricity consuming appliances, and its electrical system. For example, it was determined that adding insulation into attics and walls is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase the energy efficiency and conservation of older homes that weatherization commonly services. People who receive help from weatherization will save on average about $450 on their annual utility bills.

While the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) pays for the program, applications are accepted and processed at the low level. Across Washington a number of community action agencies, government offices, and nonprofit organizations can accept applications and provide information on weatherization, and how it can help people save money on their utilities.

Weatherization is free of charge to qualified low income families in Washington. While the exact amount and types of improvements to a home will vary, typically about $6500 worth of improvements will be made to a residence. This includes insulation, weather stripping, heating and cooling system tune ups and repairs, and other updates.

 

 

 

 

 

The weatherization program also serves as a safety check for homeowners. Many of the buildings that receive updates and improvements are old and in need of repair. So the non-profit community action agencies and other weatherization service providers in Washington will also check major energy systems to ensure the health and safety of the homeowner is being met.

Some of the other updates that may be made to a home include the following. Most of the program rules were put into place by the U.S. Department of Energy working with individual states. The state of Washington will try to ensure enhancements are both permanent and cost-effective.

  • Installation of storm windows and doors and insulating attics.
  • Replacement of defective or old furnaces and boilers.
  • Existing space heating and water heating systems can receive energy efficiency improvements.
  • During the mid 1990s, weatherization permitted air conditioner replacements, ventilation equipment, and shading and screening devices.

Apply for weatherization in Washington

Benton-Franklin Community Action Committee
720 West Court Street
Pasco, Washington 99301-4178
509/545-4042
Covers Benton & Franklin Counties

Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties
Lacey, Washington 98503
360/438-1100 ext 1120

Blue Mountain Action Council, Columbia, Garfield, & Walla Walla Counties
342 Catherine Street
Walla Walla, Washington 99362-3057
509/529-4980 ext 110

Housing Authority of Skagit County
539 North Hill Blvd
Burlington, Washington 98233
360/757-6509

King County Housing Authority
5200 Southcenter Blvd, Suite 280
Tukwila, Washington 98188-3326
206/214-1240

Snohomish County Human Services Dept
3000 Rockefeller Avenue – MS 305
Everett, Washington 98201-3511
425/388-7202

City of Seattle
Office of Housing – HomeWise Program
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5700
Seattle, Washington 98124-4725
206/684-0354

HopeSource
700 East Mountain View Ave., Suite 501
Ellensburg, Washington 98926
509/925-1448 ext 240
Kittitas County

Clark County Dept of Community Services
1300 Franklin, Vancouver
Washington 98661
360/397-2375

Washington Gorge Action Programs- Klickitat & Skamania Counties
1250 East Steuben
Bingen, Washington 98605
509/493-2662

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, Northwest Community Action Center
706 Rentschler Lane
Toppenish, Washington 98948-0831
509/865-7630 ext 2743

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington
815 Fruitvale Boulevard
Yakima, Washington 98902-1467
509/853-2275
Programs are offered for Adams, Grant, & Yakima County North of Union Gap

Metropolitan Development Council
721 Fawcett Avenue South, Suite # 201
Tacoma, Washington 98402-5503
253/284-7809
City of Tacoma only

Community Action Center of Whitman County
350 SE Fairmont Road
Pullman, Washington 99163-5500
509/334-9147
Whitman County

Rural Resources Community Action
Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, & Stevens Counties
956 South Main, Suite A
Colville, Washington 99114
509/684-8421

 

 

 

Okanogan County Community Action Council
424 South Second Avenue
Okanogan, Washington 98840-1067
509/422-4041

Pierce County Community Connections
1305 Tacoma Avenue, Suite 104
Tacoma, Washington 98402
253/798-6125

Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
620 Lewis Street
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-3435
509/662-6156

Kitsap Community Resources
845 Eighth Street
Bremerton, Washington 98337-1517
360/473-2000

Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners
3102 West Fort George Wright Drive
Spokane, Washington 99224
509/456-7111 ext 203

Olympic Community Action Programs
803 West Park Avenue
Port Townsend, Washington 98368
360/385-2571
Serves Clallam & Jefferson Counties

Opportunity Council
Dave Finet, Executive Director
1111 Cornwall Ave, Suite C
Bellingham, Washington 98225
360/734-5121
Families in Island, San Juan, & Whatcom Counties should call this agency.

Coastal Community Action Program
117 East Third
Aberdeen, Washington 98520-0304
360/533-5100 ext 126
Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties

Lower Columbia Community Action Council
Cowlitz &Wahkiakum Counties in Washington State
1526 Commerce Avenue
Longview, Washington 98632-0173
360/425-3430

Community Action Partnership
124 New 6th Street
Lewiston, Idaho 83501
208/746-3351 ext 4207
Asotin County

 

 

 

 
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